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Minimum Data Set (MDS)

The Health Workforce Minimum Data Set (MDS) provides basic, minimum, consistent guidelines for fundamental health workforce survey questions. The MDS questions focus on characteristics in three key areas: demographics, education, and practice.

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Topics: Behavioral Health, Data Collection, Methodology, Minimum Data Set (MDS)

December 1, 2018
This qualitative report helps to determine the barriers and opportunities for implementing the behavioral health workforce Minimum Data Set (MDS) nationwide.
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Beyond the Minimum Data Set (MDS): What Additional Data Do States Collect on Health Workforce Supply?

Topics: Data Collection, Minimum Data Set (MDS), Policy, Workforce Demand

December 1, 2016
Most states that collect health workforce supply data follow Minimum Data Set (MDS) guidelines on the questions they ask. However, some states collect additional data on their health workforce. This brief summarizes state health workforce data collection efforts that go beyond the MDS.
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Topics: Behavioral Health, Data Collection, Methodology, Minimum Data Set (MDS)

December 1, 2016
This report discusses the behavioral health workforce MDS instrument that was developed by the Behavioral Health Workforce Research Center, exploring demographics, licensure and certification, education and training background, occupation and area of practice, and practice characteristics and practice settings.
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The Health Workforce Minimum Data Set (MDS): What You Need to Know

Topics: Data Collection, Methodology, Minimum Data Set (MDS)

January 1, 2015
Learn about the MDS questions on demographics, education, and practice and how to effectively use MDS data to support health workforce planning efforts.
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November 19, 2014
This presentation provides an overview of the MDS, discusses one state’s efforts to integrate MDS questions into a health workforce monitoring system, and provides examples of analyses based on MDS data.
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